Jul 282013
2012 Kramer Vineyards Rosé of Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, OR, $18 (S) – Rating 89

A lovely example of Oregon Pinot Noir rosé. Brightly colored and refreshing, the nose offers aromas of ripe strawberry and raspberry. Juicy acidity on the palate with flavors of ripe strawberry, tart cherry and cranberry with subtle notes of spice. Great as a sipper or paired with lighter summer fare. Buy This Wine

Jul 282013
2012 Lynmar Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, CA, $25 (S) – Rating 91

Rosé and summertime, a perfect pairing. This Pinot rosé fits the bill with enough body and color to be interesting by itself and juicy acidity to pair with most summer fare including grilled chicken, white meats or salmon. A beautiful nose of cherry, rhubarb and watermelon. Rich flavors of red berries, cherry, strawberry and minerality. Notes of ripe watermelon show through as the wine opens.  Buy This Wine

Jul 182013
2012 La Rochelle McIntyre Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir Rosé, Santa Lucia Highlands, CA, $24 (S) – Rating 89

A well rounded dry Pinot Noir rosé offering a crisp nose of strawberry, cranberry and just a hint of rhubarb. The lighter salmon color is reminiscent of the rosés of Provence.  Lively flavors greet the palate with red cherry, strawberry and cranberry with floral notes of rose petal in the finish. Perfect acidity for pairing with lighter summer meals. Buy This Wine

May 092013
2011 D-Cubed Cellars Zinfandel Rosé, Napa Valley, Ca, $20 (S) – Rating 89

This rich dry Zinfandel rosé ain’t yo momma’s White Zin. An excellent picnic wine with enough juicy acidity pair with a array of foods. The nose offers bright notes of spicy cherry, raspberry and minerality. Deeper in color than many rosés. Flavors of bright red cherry, raspberry, red fruit and minerality with hints of tart cranberry on the finish. Buy This Wine

Aug 292012
2011 The Cusher Rose of Pinot Noir, Merwin Vineyard, Clarksburg, CA, $14 (S) – Rating 88

A solid value patio sipper with a healthy nose of watermelon, raspberry and strawberry. Flavors of ripe watermelon, tart cherry, red berries and citrus with subtle notes of red Jolly Rancher combine with zippy acidity and a hint of sweetness for a summer party favorite or to pair with lighter fare. Buy This Wine